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Nasr Holds Off Taylor to Take Detroit Win for AXR

Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran score victory in Detroit for AXR…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Felipe Nasr held off a hard-charging Ricky Taylor to win the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit’s Belle Isle circuit.

Quick pit work by the Action Express Racing crew and a rapid lap by Nasr when it counted most put the No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R was in a position to bring home the win in General Motors’ backyard.

As Ricky Taylor climbed aboard the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05, Nasr turned the race’s fastest lap to jump to the top spot and pull out a lead of over five seconds.

Armed with four fresh Continental tires, Taylor set to work clawing away at Nasr’s advantage, but ultimately came up 1.016 seconds short of tracking down the race lead.

Dane Cameron ensured both Penske Acuras finished on the podium in Roger Penske’s own event, taking home third in the No. 6 machine.

Renger van der Zande and Jordan Taylor were fifth in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, while Filipe Albuquerque coasted across the finish line on fumes to finish sixth in the No. 5 Cadillac for AXR.

The No. 77 Mazda Team Joest Mazda RT24-P of Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez was classified in ninth after running out of fuel on the final lap.

Trouble also found the pole-sitting No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi of Pipo Derani just minutes into the race.

Derani made a strong start and was running in the race lead when he fell off the pace after reporting a gear selection problem.

The Tequila Patron ESM team brought Derani into the pit lane a few laps later and replaced the steering wheel before sending the Brazilian back out on track.

Derani and co-driver Johannes van Overbeek, who had a spin in the final 10 minutes, soldiered on for a 7th-place finish.

The No. 99 JDC-Miller Motorsports duo of Misha Goikhberg and Stephen Simpson saw a strong drive go awry when Simpson was forced to limp back to pit lane with rear-end damage, following contact on-track with the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3.

Simpson had been running in the sixth position at the time but was classified 11th.

Other cars to encounter problems included the No. 55 Mazda which retired from the race with a driveshaft issue in the first ten minutes and the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac which suffered a gearbox problem just under an hour into the race.

RESULTS: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.



  1. Johannes275

    June 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Didn’t the #77 Mazda stop just before the finish line?

    • Jason G.

      June 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Yes, I believe they ran out of fuel.

  2. el_gordo

    June 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I hope all the racing fans everywhere in the world, except the US of course because who the hell pays for cable anymore or even if they don’t get FS2, enjoyed the race.

    • freeshitjerkoffs

      June 2, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      Those of us who aren’t looking for everything to be free, gordo, that’s who still pays for cable or satellite.

  3. Steven

    June 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Surprise, surprise. A Cadillac won on their home GP, I called it on Thursday. IMSA is so predictable.

    • I'm so smart

      June 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      LOLnot really that impressive of a prediction. Considering cadillac has been the most dominant DPI and there’s 4 of them in field. Compared to all the other 1 and 2 car teams. You can always stop watching if its thats disappointing I mean there’s always nascar.

      • gmfansaredelusional

        June 2, 2018 at 11:51 pm

        Hey, so smart, Caddie has been most dominant due to the rules and Jim France being part owner of AXR and SOD.

        Apparently you aren’t smart enough to figure that out.

        You should love NECKCAR, it’s pretty much the same organization.

        • I'm so smart

          June 3, 2018 at 7:42 am

          Nice try but I’m a nissan fan. That’s just the reality of racing obviously you’re the delusional one. Whiny little bitch! Cry cry cry cause my team doesn’t win boo hoo! Grow up!

    • Andy Flinn

      June 3, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Wow, Steven, did you also predict the Patron Nissan DPi’s pole at Detroit followed by mechanical issues?

      How about Patron’s win (again, this time in a DPi) at Sebring in March?

      How about the Penske Acura DPi’s breakthrough victory at Mid-Ohio last month followed by the Mazda DPi?

      You ignore the races and show up to review the race results (some of them).

      It’s called “horses for courses,” a concept explained brilliantly by Calvin Fish.

      You might want to look into that.

      Am I impressed Nostradamus? No.

  4. Pay Driver

    June 2, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Action Express get to run all over people every year, it’s ridiculous. No driving standards for them.

    • Travis McBee

      June 2, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Albuquerque basically forced Simpson over, in which he made contact with the Lexus. I remember John saying on Twitter during the 2017 Rolex 24 that Action Express gets away with questionable driving, because of who owns the team. Such bs really.

      • gmfansaredelusional

        June 2, 2018 at 11:56 pm

        Absolutely correct Travis about ownership of the team (Jim France) but GM fans like to act like their winning is due to them being so great.

        And they do get away with all kinds of crap.

        • Andy Flinn

          June 3, 2018 at 10:08 am

          GM, a lot of people complained that Albuquerque was “taken out” by WTR to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona last year. (I don’t believe that’s true.)

          If Jim France really is the biased IMSA puppet master you claim (especially at a place like Daytona), why didn’t he just award the 2017 Rolex 24 victory to Albuquerque and AXR?

          You make no sense because your brain is clouded by NASCAR​ hatred.

      • Andy Flinn

        June 3, 2018 at 10:11 am

        Travis, cheer up, dude.

        It could be reverse carma for being “taken out” by WTR at the Rolex 24 last year.

        Probably not.

        • Travis McBee

          June 3, 2018 at 11:37 am

          Andy, just stating facts, nothing to be hurt about. Stay out of peoples business.

  5. Andy Flinn

    June 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Travis, how am I in your “business”? You’re posting on a public message board?

    Anyway, I meant karma. Although, I do know a Carma.

    • Travis McBee

      June 4, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Andy, it could’ have been “karma” because it would have to be for the #5 AXR car.

  6. David Chaste

    June 4, 2018 at 12:17 am

    If pipo did not have the issue he did, nissan could have won.

    This race was not predictable, and Felipe was flawless and very fast in his stint. He and Curran deserved to win.

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